The sun was shining brightly and it created a dazzling set for the first day of competition at the 2017 Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships at Hervey Bay.
Close to 1600 nippers from all across Queensland enjoyed an intense and thrilling day of competition.
With an incredible first day of competition, Surf Life Saving Queensland sport manager Stuart Hogben said he expects the competition across the weekend to only get better.
“These young athletes train for months and put their heart and soul into their events. Today we saw an excellent demonstration of sportsmanship, comradery and good spirited rivalry, and I am sure we will be seeing more as the competition continues,” he said.
“The atmosphere here has been great, and while the conditions are quite different to what some clubs might be used to, these young athletes are giving it all they’ve got.”
Sunshine Beach SLSC is one club that is performing extremely well, and will be bringing home gold medals from the U13 Female Surf Board Rescue, U14 Female Beach Relay, and U15 Male Surf Board Rescue events, as well as both gold and silver from the Female U13 Female Surf Team event.
The determined team from North Queensland showed its incredible spirit and after day one already have a full set of medals; the U14 Male Beach Relay team claiming gold, Lila Horobin taking silver in the U13 Female 1km Beach Run, and a bronze will be coming home for the U13 Female Surf Board Rescue team.
Tannum Sands had some outstanding success with their U11 Males, who won gold medals in three events, the Cameron Relay, the Surf Board Rescue and the Surf Board Relay.
The North Barrier Branch, competing as a united team for its third year in a row, had success in the U14 Female Beach Flags with Lauren Nugent winning silver, and Bailey Parker taking out bronze in the U12 Male Beach Sprint.
Kurrawa SLSC showed its strength in the U11 Male 1Km Beach Run, with Matthew Lowe taking gold. Isabella Catalano collected bronze in the U12 Female Beach Flags and older sister Alessia Catalano took out the silver in the U14 Female Beach Sprint.
Tomorrow will see the start of the U15 Ironman and Ironwoman events as well the Cameron Relays.
The Cameron Relay is a team of four event, which consists of a beach run, a surf swim and surf board paddle. It is a spectator favourite and will be one not to miss.
Competition commences from 8am Saturday morning.
For a full list of results, please click here.
To view photos from across the day, please click here.